Ellen (Ella) M. Baker (nee Brinsmead)
Lewis Leland Baker was born in Canton, Illinois on June 5, 1854, the son of Robert Nevel and Pruella Rose Baker. He had two brothers, Levi and Mattias. In 1867 his family moved to Shenandoah, Iowa where they engaged in farming at Tarkio, just a few miles south of town. In 1892, Lewis graduated from the Northwestern Medical college in Chicago with an MD and began practicing as a physician.
He practiced medicine in Imogene, Silver City and Shenandoah. At one point he took up the practice of homeopathic medicine. An account by a younger family members suggests that he gave up the practice of orthodox medicine when he was unable to save his brother Levi when he suffered a heart attack and died.
Census Records show that in 1910 the family lived at Maier Street, Monroe, Fremont, Iowa and that Dr. Baker ran a family practice. On the 1915 Iowa census they are in Silver City, Mills, Iowa and Dr. Baker is listed as a homeopathic medical doctor and MD. In 1920 they are at Shenandoah, Ward 1, Page County, Iowa.
Lewis Baker died on March 26, 1926, in Shenandoah. In 1930, Ella is living in the same location, but with her son's young family with her. Ralph M. had married a woman named Palme, of Swedish origins but born in Nebraska (apparently the state, although there is a Nebraska Iowa). They has a son, Ralph L. who was 19 months at the time of the census. At age 84, Ella died on December 18, 1957, in Columbia, Missouri. She is buried with her husband at the Rose Hill Cemetry, Shenandoah, Iowa.